Talk:Edward Thorndike

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Wrong date of death?[edit]

Two German sources (a Scientific American-book and [1]) state that he died on august, 10. --De.Gerbil (talk) 13:17, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Encyclopedia Britannica and International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences both say Aug 9. Nesbit (talk) 01:58, 14 February 2008 (UTC)
And the right side bar of the article says 7 August. Something is wronge here. TTL2 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 10:18, 10 September 2009 (UTC).

Auxlang research?[edit]

The article History of Interlingua says,

Later that same year [1933], Dr. Edward L. Thorndike published a paper about the relative learning speeds of "natural" and "modular" constructed languages. Both Shenton and Thorndike were major influences on IALA's work from then on.

However, it doesn't give a cite, or any details about the contents of, Thorndike's research or the paper he published on it. Can anyone identify this paper, summarize its contents, and supply a cite (and maybe a correction, if needed) for the History of Interlingua article? More specifically, what "natural" and "modular" conlangs did Thorndike use in his study, what were the native languages of his research subjects, and did he test for active as well as passive fluency in the learned conlangs? --Jim Henry (talk) 14:06, 10 September 2008 (UTC)